In their last meeting, the Patriots handed the Jets a 41-3 drubbing in Foxborough in week 16. The Patriots and the Jets now share a third of first place in the division, as both teams are tied with the Buffalo Bills at 3-2. It's time for the Jets to either prove that they are actually a good team or just really bad at tanking. The Jets surprising start has done nothing to sway odds makers apparently.
Kony Ealy was not good enough to make the New England Patriots.
After losing two of their first four, the Patriots were fortunate to get by the Bucs last Thursday thanks to three missed field goals by Nick Folk in the second half.
The Jets will only find success if they manage to pressure Brady and keep him off balance while at the same time stopping the Patriot run game. Josh McCown will be the ninth Jets quarterback Brady will face, joining a list that includes Vinny Testaverde (1-3 against Brady), Chad Pennington (2-6), Brooks Bollinger (0-2), Kellen Clemens (0-1), Sanchez (3-6), Geno Smith (1-3), Ryan Fitzpatrick (1-2) and Bryce Petty (0-1). They have the best offense in the league in yards per game, and they're third in points scored per contest.
So then is it just a matter of time before Harris sees more game action? The Jets counter with 38-year-old Josh McCown, who ranks second in the National Football League with a 71.4 completion percentage and he is one of seven QBs to have posted a 100+ QB rating in three or more games this season. After the Jets lost on the road to the Bills and the Raiders, they came away with wins over the Dolphins, Jaguars and the Browns.
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The Jets defense is allowing an average of three 20+ yard passing plays per game. The Jets don't rack up a lot of sacks either, as they only have six as a team through five games. We've only played five games. The Patriots will meet Sunday with identical records, and Harris may not even be on the field. By capitalizing on explosive offensive weapons early in the game, the Patriots can force McCown into a game situation where he has been at his worst this year.
The lineman has seven tackles, five pass deflections and an interception in his four games with NY.
"We're still trying to figure out what we are and what we're good at and what we need to do consistently to score more points", Pats quarterback Tom Brady said. Quarterback Tom Brady has been hit so much that he already has an AC joint sprain in his non-throwing shoulder. After seeing his club commit 29 infractions that were enforced for 227 yards during his team's three-game win streak, head coach Todd Bowles said the team has to cut down on the laundry.
New England has allowed a league-high 447.2 yards per game, a stunningly high number for a Belichick-coached defense.
"Some of them are ticky-tacky and some of them are legit", said Bowles. They've got a lot of length and they can be disruptive off the edge, also. The 21-year-old rookie out of Temple was with the Jets for a little more than a week before the regular season started before he was released.